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Health Insurance Amendment (Enhancing the Bonded Medical Program and Other Measures) Bill 2021

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House of Representatives
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Amends the Health Insurance Act 1973 to: enable eligible legacy scheme participants to apply for an extended compliance determination to allow them an additional period of time to complete their return of service obligation; allow a person, in the event of serious disability or death, to cease to be a bonded participant under the program, without penalty; apply administrative penalties when bonded participants fail to produce information or documents within prescribed timeframes; and enable administration of inadvertent and minor breaches of Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship contracts with the Commonwealth.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 26 Aug 2021
Second reading moved 26 Aug 2021
Second reading debate 26 Oct 2021
Second reading agreed to 26 Oct 2021
Third reading agreed to 26 Oct 2021
Introduced and read a first time 22 Nov 2021
Second reading moved 22 Nov 2021
Second reading debate 02 Dec 2021
Second reading agreed to 02 Dec 2021
Third reading agreed to 02 Dec 2021
Finally passed both Houses 02 Dec 2021
  • Act no: 138
  • Year: 2021
13 Dec 2021

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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